The rate of Texans who are poor or uninsured decreased slightly in 2013, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. But about one in three South Texas residents were either uninsured or lived below the poverty level, the figures also showed.
Estimates from the 2013 American Community Survey show that the rate of uninsured Texans dropped to 22.1 percent in 2013 from 22.5 percent in 2012. But the rates of uninsured in 10 of the state’s 30 major metropolitan areas exceeded the state figure. Because the survey's figures are from 2013, the direct impact of the federal Affordable Care Act remains to be seen. Insurance plans purchased through the ACA marketplace did not go into effect until January 2014.
The percentage of Texans living in poverty dipped to 17.5 percent in 2013 from 17.9 percent in 2012. But the rate of poor Texans in 16 of the state’s 30 major metropolitan areas surpassed the state’s overall percentage.
Use this interactive to compare each of the state's metropolitan statistical areas included in the latest census release.
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